Jackie, our Responsible Travel Lead and her 14 year old son Ethan are taking part in the Great Gorilla Run in London on Saturday 22nd September. This will involve them running or, more likely in Jackie’s case walking (!) 7km through central London dressed as gorillas! If you haven’t heard of the run before it’s in its 10th year and involves hundreds of people running through London-dressed in gorilla suits! If you’re in London that day it’s a great sight!
No surprises in the fact that the run raises money for ‘The Gorilla Organization‘ which works internationally to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild from extinction by funding grass-roots projects run by local African partners aimed at tackling the very real threats to the gorillas’ long term survival.
Jackie visited the mountain gorillas in Zaire (as it was then) about 20 years ago (in her Tour Leading days) and says that it was an unforgettable experience. In 2010 Ethan climbed Mount Bisoki in Rwanda and was very fortunate to see a mountain gorilla, by chance, as he descended the mountain. Mountain Gorillas are one of the most endangered animals on earth, there are currently fewer than 800 of these incredible primates left. Conservation of the gorillas is something that Jackie and Ethan both feel quite passionate about and hence this run. They also thought it sounded like a fun thing to do together and are looking forward to customizing their gorilla suits. Pictures to follow!
Jackie and Ethan would be delighted if you could sponsor either one of them and help them raise money for this worthwhile cause. Just click on their names to be taken to their sponsorship pages. If you’re in London on the day come along and cheer them on! If you’re interested in visiting the mountain gorillas yourself have a look at our 19 day Gorillas and Gameparks trip-travelling through Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.